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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Today's Jackass of Spades --- Gloria Steinem and Her Foot-in-the-Mouth Disease

SMH at this woman.

Clinton Surrogate Steinem Attacks McCain's War Record

The New York Observer reports that in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, feminist icon Gloria Steinem belittled Sen. John McCain's five-and-a-half years as a POW and said the media would treat that war record differently if it were a woman veteran's record.

"Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and Joan McCain had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years?" Steinem asked, suggesting the media would ask "'What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?" ...

Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said, with bewilderment, "I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so."


As I recall, Jessica Lynch's story made the news. She was martyred and everything until the truth was unfolded. Granted, her POW status wasn't years long, but she was a POW nonetheless who'd gotten a book deal and had almost gotten a movie deal. The one inarguable truth out of this is that Jessica definitely had it better than Shoshana Johnson.

Why is she so oversensitive about sexism? It's bad enough that the media continues to inject gender (and race) into the election coverage but shouldn't you be smarter than to take the bait? Why bring up some useless argument about how a female POW may be treated in contrast to a male POW? I fail to see the significance of her argument. Couldn't she have said "There's much more to leadership than serving in a war or being a POW" and then list Hillary's accomplishments?

Isn't Gloria tired of making thoughtless remarks?


Mari-Djata said...

Gloria Steinem has diarreha of the mouth and she needs somebody to put a diaper over that hole. She gives feminism a bad name.

Anonymiss said...

LOL! She really does.

Anonymous said...

well arent u oversensitive about racism. she has her right to be just as you devote most of your time discussing racial injustice.

Anonymiss said...

Actually, I'm not. When I point out things that are racist/bigoted, it pertains to actual racist/bigoted instances.

Gloria brought up chauvinism with regards to McCain's years as a POW when there was no actual display of chauvinism. That's why I suggested that rather than trivializing his POW years, she could've just stated that "There's much more to leadership than serving in a war or being a POW" and then proceed to list Hill's acceomplishments.

She was also incorrect in asserting that a female POW would've been blamed for her own circumstances as that did NOT happen with Jessica Lynch. As far as what I'd read, that hadn't happened with Shoshana Johnson either.